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Injured Ultra security guard sues for negligence

By | Published on Tuesday 28 October 2014

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The security person injured when gatecrashers pushed down a perimeter fence at the Miami edition of the Ultra festival earlier this year has filed legal proceedings against pretty much everyone involved, seeking $10 million plus for the injuries she suffered. Amongst the defendants in the lawsuit are Ultra and its parent company Event Entertainment Group, the city of Miami, the firm handling security at the festival, and one of the concession operators at the event.

Erika Mach suffered two skull fractures and a broken leg when people pushed over fencing to gain access to the festival back in March. As previously reported, city officials subsequently said they’d warned festival organisers that the particular area of fencing that Mach was guarding was in risk of collapse if targeted by gatecrashers, leading to Miami mayor Tomas Regalado threatening to block future Ultra festivals in the city.

According to Billboard, in her litigation Mack also alleges that a less sturdy kind of fencing had been used in that zone because the concession company also targeted in the lawsuit had requested a less severe kind of barricade to make it easier for them to access the festival site. Allowing such a thing was negligent of all parties, Mack argues, especially given the police warning about the vulnerability of that particular area of fencing.

Ultra are yet to comment.